Devastating explosion in Beirut port

More than 4,000 people were injured in yesterday’s devastating explosion at Beirut port, thousands were left without homes. Massive shockwaves destroyed building facades, sucked furniture outside and shattered glass hundreds of meters away from the point of explosion.

The death toll is expected to rise. Government officials believe that a massive stockpile of the highly explosive material ammonium nitrate, which was stored at the port in unsafe conditions, caused the blast.

The detonation was the most powerful that ever happened in Beirut. It rattled even buildings on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus, about 100 miles (160 km) away, and was felt in the North of Israel.

Damaris (BA in Media Communications and MA in Israel Studies) lives in Jerusalem and writes as an independent journalist.